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the January sun drifts through painted skies, the Ten Ton War
Machine marches on to bring you, dear readers, another week’s
worth of the best exclusive MMOG content from the front lines of the

Free-to-play games are certainly on the rise, with quality finally
showing signs of winning out over sheer quantity. With that in mind,
this week our writers set out to explore the business model, provide
some pointers for those gamers new to the world of FTP and even handed
out a round of awards to some very deserving titles. 

Our exclusive guides might not serve to protect you from the impending
zombie apocalypse, but they’ll certainly provide some
excellent reading once you’ve barricaded the doors and
windows. And what better way to save you from dementia after being
locked inside your impenetrable fortress than to give our inaugural
“Loading… Live” Voon podcast a listen?

Week’s Hot Content

Best of F2P Awards
- Danny
"Ralsu" Gourley played free-to-play (F2P) games almost exclusively in
2008, and he told Ten Ton Hammer readers about his best experiences in
his href="">Top Ten
Free-to-Play Games. Now that
2009 is here, Ralsu takes a look back and celebrates the best F2P games
he tried in a number of categories.
  • Read the full article href="">here,
    and then discuss it in our href="">forums!

Chronicles of Spellborn: Combat Evolved

- One of the most frequently utilized and repetitive mechanics in any
MMOG is the combat system. With thousands of clicks how can you build
something innovative and strategic that will provide ample challenge to
veterans? The Chronicles of Spellborn has gone in a different direction
differing from anything else the market has seen. We look at a number
of reasons if put together properly this could be something truly

  • Read the full article href="">here,
    and then discuss it in our href="">forums!

Celebrities: An Interview with NFL Punter Chris "Warcraft" Kluwe

- When it was discovered that an NFL player was thinking about changing
his name to "Warcraft" to honor his favorite hobby, MMO industry
columnists and football fans across the internet went into a posting
frenzy. In a situation similar to that of future Hall of Fame pitcher, href="">Curt
Schilling, people seem to be
fascinated that a professional athlete might enjoy a game like href="">World of
Warcraft. Rather than simply
post the news, the Ten Ton Hammer staff opted to track down Chris
"Warcraft" Kluwe and find out the truth about his name change and why
he's known as such a video gamer.

  • Read the full interview href="">here,
    and then discuss it in our href="">forums!

Exclusive Content

  • href="">Comic:
    Geeked - "Another One
    Bites the Dust"
  • href="">The
    Learning Curve
  • href="">Fasaria
    World Beta Giveaway
  • href="">Top Ten
    Free-to-Play Games -
    Investment Opportunities for Players
  • href="">AoC:
    Cradle of Decay Video
  • href="">New
    Year's WAAAGH-solutions
  • href="">Comic:
    Geeked - "Competitive
  • href="">Finding
    the Right Free to
    Play MMOG
  • href="">Exclusive
    CITIES XL Interview
  • href="">Cryptic,
    Champions and the
    Console MMOG
  • href="">Meet
    the Ten Ton Hammer
    World of Warcraft Staff
  • href="">Fantasy
    Forever: Capturing
    the Feel of Flight in Aion
  • href="">AoC:
    Border Kingdom Cryer -
    The End of the Road
  • href="">Ten Ton
    Hammer's MMO Gaming
    Predictions for 2009
  • href="">WAR:
    What to Expect in 2009
  • href="">WoW
    Comic: Goob &
    Begud - "For PETA's Sake"


  • href="">WoW:
    Horde Northrend Leveling Guide - Page 5 (Coldarra)
  • href="">AoC:
    General Crafting Guide - Resources
  • href="">AoC:
    Gemcrafter Recipes - Tier 3
  • href="">AoC:
    General Crafting Guide - Tips and Tricks
  • href="">WoW:
    Horde Northrend Leveling Guide - Page 6 (Boro'gorok Outpost)


Ten Ton Hammer begins our inaugural Voon podcast by saying goodbye to
one of our longest running columns: Not Funny... Ever. Authored by MMO
humor writer Coyote since May 2006, Coyote is ending the column to
pursue new writing endeavors, including editing href="">Ten Ton
Turnip and will be filing his
time with a few interesting projects of his own.

  • href="">Listen
    to the first episode of Loading... Live here!

Also, be sure to check out the live weekly podcast every Tuesday at 7PM
EST in the Ten Ton Hammer Events room on href="">Voon!

To read the latest guides, news, and features you can visit our World of Warcraft Game Page.

Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016

About The Author

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Reuben "Sardu" Waters has been writing professionally about the MMOG industry for eight years, and is the current Editor-in-Chief and Director of Development for Ten Ton Hammer.